4 months ago I started working on my 1st quilted quilt. Yes, I've made a couple of rag edged quilts, but this was the 1st time I've attempted a quilt with sandwiches and batting and binding and everything.
It's a super simple patchwork quilt made from charm packs.
I've been collecting charm packs for years. I think I bought my first one in 2006 and managed to find 5 more I couldn't live without. The quilt I wanted to make required 252 squares. I needed a few more squares than the charm packs had so I visited my local fabric store and bought a handful of fat quarters to fill in. That's the pile on the left.
Believe it or not, I actually set each square out on the floor to make sure that the randomness actually looked random. Does that make any sense? I didn't want a bunch of blues bunched up together, or a bunch with the same pattern together, plus I wanted to make sure the patterns were facing the right direction. Oh, and have I ever mentioned that I hate ironing? I didn't realize how much ironing you need to do when you quilt.
Putting the quilt top together went pretty fast. Aside from the ironing. Since this was my 1st quilt, I tried not to get to crazy on being precise, otherwise I would have driven myself crazy. That's why I chose to do a simple 5" square patchwork for my 1st quilt rather than a complicated pattern where my points and edges had to match up exactly. As it was, making sure my corners were together was hard enough and I had to let go of some of my OCD and just go with the imperfection.
Now pinning everything and then trying to quilt all 3 layers of the sandwich was a Challenge with a capital C. How do you quilters squeeze all that material through that tiny space between the needle and the main part of your machine? Man was that tedious! I had to stand to quilt them all together because the biggest counter space I had was my kitchen counter.
Anyhoo...I finally finished quilting all of it together.
But...that's where I've stopped.
I haven't touched it since the beginning of June.
That's because I need to do the binding.
And I'm skerd. Very skerd.
I've watched lots of videos online, but still haven't made the attempt.
I will someday though. Hopefully soon.
Maybe when the temperatures cool off and I don't mind having a big quilt on my lap again.
I'll keep you posted.